Thursday, December 10, 2009

101 in 1001

The Mission: Complete 101 preset tasks in 1001 days

The Criteria Tasks must be specific (ie. no abiguity in the wording) with a result that is either measurable or clearly defined.  Tasks must also be realistic and stretching (ie. represent some amount of work on my part).

Why 1001 Days? Many people have created lists in the past – frequently simple goals such as New Year’s resolutions.  The key to beating procrastination is to set a deadline that is realistic.  1001 Days (about 2.75 years) is a better period of time than a year, because it allows you several seasons to complete the tasks, which is better for organizing and timing some tasks such as overseas trips or outdoor activities.

Starting Date: Saturday October 31, 2009 Ending Date: Saturday July 28, 2012

  1. Read the Twilight Series
  2. Give away something I love
  3. Start writing daily in a journal
  4. Organize & print my photos; place them in albums
  5. Go whitewater rafting
  6. Lose 5lbs
  7. Lose 10lbs
  8. Lose 15lbs
  9. “Unplug” for one whole weekend – no BlackBerry, no Internet, no TV, no computer
  10. Reach 2000 Twitter updates
  11. Make a jar of 1000 origami mini stars
  12. Read 100 books (2/100)
  13. Take a pole dancing class
  14. Get another tattoo
  15. Buy a house
  16. Milk a cow
  17. Learn how to speak basic spanish
  18. Run a 10k race
  19. Drink nothing but water for 2 weeks
  20. Go on a trip to NYC
  21. Drive around the Cabot Trail
  22. Go Geocaching
  23. Prepare my Will
  24. Go play Bingo
  25. Learn how to solve the Rubiks Cube
  26. Leave DBF a love note/note of encouragement/surprise email 1x a week for 2 months
  27. Send/Give 100 cards “just because.” (0/100)
  28. Try 5 new restaurants in town. (1/5)
  29. Take one nature photo a day for a month (0/30)
  30. Ask for someone’s advice… and take it
  31. Do 100 situps a day for a month (0/30)
  32. Attend a hot yoga class
  33. Finish the 1st Outlander book
  34. Run a 5K race
  35. Write down something positive about myself for 30 days straight
  36. Go for a bike ride
  37. Create a website for the cake business (
  38. Take a photography class
  39. Bake an apple pie from scratch
  40. Pay off my credit cards
  41. Give a stranger a compliment
  42. Get contact lenses
  43. Get a promotion at work
  44. Go tobogganing
  45. Learn at least 50 ASL signs
  46. Go fishing
  47. Paint and display 3 canvas paintings (0/3)
  48. Learn how to play chess
  49. Watch all seasons of Dexter
  50. Watch all seasons of Entourage
  51. Go up the CN Tower
  52. Go to the hot springs
  53. Make sushi for dinner
  54. Have “date night” one night of the week for 1 month (0/4)
  55. Host a turkey dinner
  56. Host a Ukrainian dinner
  57. Get my teeth whitened
  58. Slow dance with DBF
  59. Buy myself something from Tiffany’s
  60. Complete 3 – 1500 piece or more jigsaw puzzles (0/3)
  61. Organize my closet
  62. Buy a new coffee table
  63. Work out faithfully 3x a week for 2 months (3/8weeks)
  64. Visit the Toronto zoo
  65. Go to Oaklawn Zoo
  66. Go horseback riding
  67. Take a trip to Las Vegas
  68. Play a game of 18-hole golf
  69. No swearing for a day x12 (0/12)
  70. Read 6 autobiographies (0/6)
  71. Get braces
  72. Host a giveaway on my blog
  73. Put change in someone’s expired parking meter
  74. Take a new photo of DBF and I once a month for a year (4/12) – started Nov 09, Dec 09, Jan 09, Feb 09
  75. Order a fish dish at a restaurant (not including sushi or salmon)
  76. Host a martini party
  77. Learn how to make Pho
  78. Take lunch to work every day for 2 weeks
  79. Make homemade bread
  80. Go fly a kite
  81. Go skydiving
  82. Do 20 “real” pushups consecutively
  83. Give DBF a massage
  84. Go on a “girls day” trip with DBF’s mom
  85. Have DBF’s grandmother over for dinner
  86. Start our own Christmas tradition (Giving each other a secret ornament for one another, along with a yearly ornament)
  87. Go on a trip to PEI
  88. Take an Excel course
  89. Go wine tasting
  90. Acquire a Crokinole game board
  91. Go visit Halls Harbour at low tide
  92. Go apple picking
  93. Make a recipe book with my favorite recipes
  94. Make a batch of homemade perogies
  95. Have a weekend getaway with DBF at a B&B
  96. Visit the Rocky Mountains with DBF
  97. Save $5000
  98. Spend a day at the spa
  99. Compose a new list of 101 things to do in 1001 days
  100. For every task I do not complete, donate $1 to charity
  101. Put aside $5 for every completed task




Cat on December 16, 2009 at 8:06 p.m. said...

I love this and you! I wish that was my list, because I've done a bunch of those....but I guess I'd have to start again now huh?

Miss u

Christine Newhook on December 17, 2009 at 1:06 p.m. said...

Aww these are awesome!! I need to read my 101 list more and update it. Ooops! Welcome back to blogger :)

Stephanie on December 24, 2009 at 1:13 p.m. said...

Whoah, that is quite a list! Good luck with it. And I like the idea of 1001 days.
BODA weight loss

Tiffany on December 28, 2009 at 4:23 p.m. said...

Love this idea! Think I'm going to create one for myself!

Cassie on December 30, 2009 at 3:39 p.m. said...

I was so inspired by this that I created one myself!